Author: Wilson-Max, Ken
In a tender celebration of family tradition, a little girl becomes an environmental steward to express her love for all things leafy and green.
Kirkus Reviews (04/15/23)
School Library Journal (06/30/23)
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Booklist - 03/01/2023 Eco Girl follows young Eve as she curiously wonders about the baobab-tree community outside her home and talks with her supportive family about her love for nature. To accompany his sweet storyline, Wilson-Max crafts lush illustrations depicting the verdant home of Eve’s family in Africa as she spends her birthday receiving a very special surprise and undergoing a poignant family tradition: planting a baobab sprout of her very own, which will be nurtured and cared for through the sapling stage and into adulthood. Eve’s grandmother helps her plant the tree while her mother and father, each of whom has a tree of their own, happily look on. The book closes with tree facts to pique the interest of young naturalists, plus a hopeful note about the Great Green Wall in Africa, which aims to stop the spread of the Sahara across the continent as well as supporting other ecosystems. Young readers with a love for fauna will indulge in Eve’s birthday celebration as she grows closer to Mother Earth and follows in the footsteps of her family. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 06/30/2023 Gr 1–2—A young girl loves growing up on the edge of the forest. Eve is about to celebrate her birthday and wants to be seen for the maturing girl that she is. She wants to be thought of as a sapling rather than a sprout. And she wants to be Eco Girl, helping to look after the plants and animals. On her big day, her grandmother presents her with a baobab sapling and she plants it next to her dad's tree, which is next to generations of family trees. Eve promises to show patience and care for her new tree. Back matter shares tree facts, encouraging readers to do their part to be "eco kids" by planting trees and learning more about trees and their role in our world. Bright acrylic illustrations will appeal to young readers, and Eve's enthusiasm for nature practically leaps off the page with close-ups and bold colors. VERDICT A welcome addition to most collections looking to foster appreciation and stewardship of the natural world.—John Scott - Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.